Lawrence Public School

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Lawrence Public School
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Lawrence Public School is located in Pennsylvania
Lawrence Public School
Location 3701 Charlotte St., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°28′01″N 79°57′56″W / 40.4669°N 79.9656°W / 40.4669; -79.9656Coordinates: 40°28′01″N 79°57′56″W / 40.4669°N 79.9656°W / 40.4669; -79.9656
Area less than one acre
Built 1872
Architect Barr & Moser
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
MPS Pittsburgh Public Schools TR
NRHP Reference # 86002679[1]
Added to NRHP September 30, 1986

The Lawrence Public School in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was built in 1872 and served as an elementary school, including instruction in the German language. It was named after Captain James Lawrence, whose last words "Don't give up the ship!" gained famed in the War of 1812.[2]

The school was rebuilt in 1908 and closed in 1939 when all students were transferred to the new elementary wing of Arsenal Junior High School. The building was sold in 1945 and then used as a warehouse. The school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1] The upper floors were removed after a fire in the late 1980s, apparently after being listed on the NRHP.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b Wudarczyk, James (2008). "Historical Sites and Lost Landmarks Of Lawrenceville". Lawrenceville Historical Society. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lawrence School" (PDF). Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. 1986. 
  4. ^ The 1986 Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey lists the building as 3 stories rather than the current single story.